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The Youth Drug Detoxification and Stabilization Act

Government of Saskatchewan Country Resources Child and Youth Substance Abuse/Alcohol policies/plans/legislations and service standards Saskatchewan 1 April 2006 Legislation/regulation involuntary admission

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"The Youth Drug Detoxification and Stabilization Act of Saskatchewan was developed to provide families and care providers with options for accessing services on behalf of youth who are unwilling or unable to engage in voluntary service for severe substance abuse or substance dependence. It came into effect on April 1, 2006.

The Act allows for involuntary detoxification and stabilization of youth 12 - 17 years of age in a facility for that purpose through a detoxification order by two physicians for a period up to five days, with the possibility of an extension for a maximum of two additional five-day periods. As well, involuntary detoxification and stabilization can occur in the community through a community order for up to 30 days. Involuntary detoxification/stabilization serves as a measure of last resort for parents, legal guardians and judges when it is determined that a youth's substance use has damaged their decision-making ability to the point they present a risk to their own safety or the safety of others."

In force since April 1, 2006
Uploaded June 9, 2014
For ongoing amendments and the latest version of the law to please refer to the link: http://www.qp.gov.sk.ca/documents/english/FirstRead/2005/Bill-27.pdf


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